O his base, it was like an iron-clad coming into port. At first I
appointed men of no rank to act as umpires, but I had to discontinue
that. These people were no easier to please than other nines. The
umpire's first decision was usually his last; they broke him in two with
a bat, and his friends toted him home on a shutter. When it was noticed
that no umpire ever survived a game, umpiring got to be unpopular. So I
was obliged to appoint somebody whose rank and lofty position under the
government would protect him. Here are the names of the nines: BESSEMERS
ULSTERS KING ARTHUR. EMPEROR LUCIUS. KING LOT OF LOTHIAN. KING LOGRIS.
KING OF NORTHGALIS. KING MARHALT OF IRELAND. KING MARSIL. KING
MORGANORE. KING OF LITTLE BRITAIN. KING MARK OF CORNWALL. KING LABOR.
KING NENTRES OF GARLOT. KING PELLAM OF LISTENGESE. KING MELIODAS OF
LIONES. KING BAGDEMAGUS. KING OF THE LAKE. KING TOLLEME LA FEINTES. THE
SOWDAN OF SYRIA. Umpire--CLARENCE. The first public game would cer
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